The Young Professional's Handbook

Free Ways to Support Your Freelance Friends

Y’all. Freelancing is HARD work. There’s a lot of instability and uncertainty, and at times it can seem overwhelming. But when you have a strong vision and will to succeed, and with a supportive social network, you can totally make it happen.

Speaking of supportive social network, do you have a friend in the freelance business? Want to be a supportive friend and help them out? Luckily for you, I’ve put together four easy and free ways you can help support your freelance/small business friends in their endeavors.

1. Show interest in their work.

People who start their own freelance work or business usually do so because they have a vision and idea that they are very passionate about. People who are passionate about things usually love to talk about them. Ask your friend a little bit more about what they are doing. They will love the opportunity to speak about it, and it will give them more practice selling themselves and their services to others.

2. Follow their social media accounts.

Arguably the best way for new businesses to spread the word and build some credibility is through social media channels. Your small business friends have probably set up an Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media handles. Follow their handles! But while building numbers is great, it isn’t all that matters. It also matters if their posts get engagement.

3. Read/comment/share and engage with their content.

Engagement. If you see a post your freelance friends makes that looks interesting to you, read it! Like it! Share it! I’m using exclamation points because this! Is! Important! As freelancers, we want our message to reach as many people as possible. You can help with that!

4. Tell other people about them in your network.

Ah, the power of networking. It’s not just about what you know, but who you know, right? If you’re out and about and you meet somebody new that might need your friends’s services, tell them about them! Don’t be shy. You could end up helping two people at the same time.

5. Donate to their Patreon or other fundraising accounts.

Ok, so this one isn’t entirely free, and maybe I wanted a chance to shamelessly plug my Patreon account. Oh well, you made it this far so you’re obviously interested at least a little, right? If you have the change, pledge 3 bucks a month or so to donate to your friends to help them run their business. Between supplies, advertising, and other business expenses, being your own boss is not cheap, and a little donation can go a long way. I – I mean, your friends – would really appreciate it. *wink*

So there you go! Five small ways you can help your freelance and creative friends. What are you waiting for? Get to it!

Learn anything new? What are some ways you are aiming to help your creative friends this week? Let me know below!

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